fu·​sil·​lade | \ ˈfyü-sə-ˌläd How to pronounce fusillade (audio) , -ˌlād, ˌfyü-sə-ˈläd, -ˈlād, -zə- \

Definition of fusillade

1a : a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid succession
b : something that gives the effect of a fusillade a fusillade of rocks and bottles
2 : a spirited outburst especially of criticism

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Examples of fusillade in a Sentence

A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard. responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial
Recent Examples on the Web Then in the West Final on Nov. 17, Collaros returned to Regina’s Mosaic Stadium under a fusillade of boos from a capacity crowd of 33,000. Joseph D’hippolito, Cincinnati.com, "Catching up: Former UC QB Zach Collaros goes for CFL Grey Cup with Winnipeg Blue Bombers," 24 Nov. 2019 Surviving the early fusillade in Game 5 of that NLDS so the Nationals could eventually prevail in 10 innings. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'Embrace it': Stephen Strasburg's legendary postseason hits its apex with gritty Game 2 win," 24 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, Trumpists such as Corey Lewandowski unleashed a fusillade of absurd dissembling when questioned by Congress. Greg Sargent, The Denver Post, "Sargent: Trump is cornered — and panicking about it," 30 Sep. 2019 Backers of other cryptocurrencies are now fighting to ensure the fusillade doesn’t take them down, too. Joe Lightbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Cryptocurrency lobby fights to contain backlash from Facebook’s Libra," 28 Aug. 2019 The counternarrative asserts that the doctor had only punched Long, that the bodyguards had overreacted, and that Long was actually killed in the fusillade of their bullets. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Carl Weiss Jr., 84, his father, he said, didn’t kill Huey Long," 15 Aug. 2019 The counternarrative asserts that the doctor had only punched Long, that the bodyguards had overreacted and that Long was actually killed in the fusillade of their bullets. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Dr. Carl Weiss Jr., 84, Dies; His Father, He Said, Didn’t Kill Huey Long," 13 Aug. 2019 Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds combined to post six of ‘em between 1998 and 2001, with Bonds’ 73-homer fusillade in 2001 still standing as the single-season record. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's burning second-half questions: The return of the 60-home run season?," 10 July 2019 The letter triggered an escalating fusillade of memos, tweets and public denunciations about motives and leadership. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Election themes surface in firefight over Tri-City Medical Center," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of fusillade

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fusillade

borrowed from French, from fusiller "to shoot with a musket volley" (from fusil fusil entry 2 + -iller, causative prefix, going back to Latin -iculāre, derivative of -iculum, instrumental and diminutive suffix) + -ade -ade

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1 Dec 2019

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“Fusillade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusillade. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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: a large number of shots that are fired very quickly

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